“The wars were so long ago nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and women who forged order out of chaos. People flocked to them for protection. That protection became servitude. They banished guns and trained armies of lethal fighters they called Clippers. This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.” – this is the opening introduction as narrated by M.K. in ‘Into the Badlands’.
Welcome to the Badlands in a post-apocalyptic era, five centuries after the devastating war, which left nothing but ruins. The world now does have some remnants of its old technology such as electricity and vehicles but people are afraid to use guns and other means of nuclear warfare. Instead, they rely on the more traditional versions like our ancestors, such as melee weaponry and crossbows. Set in dystopic Oklahoma, the Badlands are controlled by powerful Barons who maintain their position by means of trade and monopoly over opium, lands, and fuel. They have ranks of highly trained, loyal warriors known as Clippers, captained by a Regent. Clippers are not allowed to marry or have families. Barons also possess a huge workforce of slaves called Cogs and prostitutes named Dolls.
Apart from the baronies, there are innumerable outside groups as well: lawless, homicidal bandits called the Nomads who stay in clans and survive by stealing during trade exchanges; the River King who controls the water trade; Totemists, religious fanatics who follow some kind of idol worship, and the Widow, who leads a movement against the feudal system. This show mainly chronicles the events in and around the apocalyptic Badlands and first premiered on November 15, 2015 on AMC. It is centered around a warrior and a young boy who travel through these dangerous lands in search of enlightenment.
Fans of ‘Into the Badlands’ mainly admire the series because of its dystopic setting, well-choreographed action sequences, and its bloody, fast-paced, yet entertaining narrative. Now if you have watched it and are looking for similar titles that capture one or all of the above aspects, then allow us to help you. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Into the Badlands’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Into the Badlands’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Falling Skies (2011)
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama series, ‘Falling Skies’ comes from creator Robert Rodat and executive producer Steven Spielberg. It follows Tom Mason, who was previously employed as a history professor and later becomes second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment. This regiment comprises civilians and soldiers trying to flee Boston after a devastating attack by aliens from outer space. ‘Falling Skies’ was released on TNT in the US, on Super Channel and Space in Canada. It debuted on June 19, 2011, and concluded with the 5th and final season on August 30, 2015. You can watch this show here